30 Ways to Lose Weight and Get Rid of Your Belly

30 Ways to Lose Weight and Get Rid of Your Belly

We’ve all heard stories about the guy who stops drinking soda and quickly drops 10 pounds in a few months. Although the results may seem too good to be true, small lifestyle changes can result in big-time fat loss.

Let’s say you drink two bottled sodas a day. At roughly 240 calories each, you’ll cut 3,360 calories a week just by switching your soft drink for water. That means you’ll lose almost a pound, which is 3,500 calories, just by omitting soft drinks.

Even if you don’t drink soda, there are dozens of simple, everyday habits you can follow to lose weight. In fact, Andy Yurechko, MS, RD, of Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia, believes the most successful dieters avoid fads and focus on long-term sustainable practices.

“A healthier type of diet is something you can do every day of your life,” he said.

Start with one of these easy habits–today!—and you’ll lose weight and feel better.

1. Have a clear goal. It should be one that anyone in the world can measure and understand. Write out your goal and keep it posted somewhere as a reminder when you want to give up. If you have a set amount of weight you’d like to drop, step on the scale when you begin dieting. Then, weigh yourself every single day. Studies show daily weigh-ins enhance weight loss efforts. But don’t live and die by the number. And remember a scale doesn’t decipher between fat and lean body mass–but it can help keep things “in check.”

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2. Drink the right fluids. First, everyone should drink plenty of water because your body needs it to run properly. However, research shows that water can help with weight loss. Professor Dr. Brenda Davy and her team from Virginia Tech University found that giving people 2 cups of water before each meal resulted in greater weight loss after 12 weeks. The reason? It helps fill you up.

Need something more than plain water? Try adding fresh fruit or sip on tea. Research indicates that drinking tea—black, green, or white—is also associated with lower BMIs and less body fat.

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